Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic Conference

You are invited to this annual event to receive quality education, have the opportunity to communicate directly with industry experts and to network with colleagues at other critical access hospitals and rural health clinics. Our sessions are intended for all levels of critical access hospital and rural health clinic professionals including administrators, CFOs, CEOs, CIOs, directors of finance, finance professionals, reimbursement analysts and office managers.


Please remember to choose sessions for your registration if attending the Critical Access Hospital Conference

Cancellation Policy: 
Cancellations made after August 20, 2019, will be charged the full registration fee. If you cancel, you may send a substitute from your organization. Participants who register but neither attend nor cancel are charged for their full registration fee. Call 888.876.4992 or email gfponline@wipfli.com for questions about this policy.

When
9/10/2019 8:45 AM - 9/12/2019 12:00 PM
Where
Peppermill Resort Hotel 2707 South Virginia Street Reno, NV 89502

Program

   
 
Do you want your RHC to operate better tomorrow than today? Understanding how the market is changing and where new opportunities exist will help you build strategies that are proactive rather than reactive. This session will focus on national rural policy matters impacting RHCs, as well as current industry trends.
Time
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
9/10/2019 8:45 AM
Your facility cannot capture revenue without effective billing processes. What billing opportunities are you missing? This session will cover important concepts related to Medicare billing in your rural health clinic. Ever get stuck with unique billing items? There will be  ample time set aside for you to ask questions regarding billing challenges at your facility. You will also be able to learn from examples shared by other attendees.
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
9/10/2019 10:30 AM
Managing RHC operations has become increasingly complex and challenging. This session will provide you with a structured approach to assessing the effectiveness of RHC operations using key industry metrics, including the RHC Benchmark Report, and data commonly found within its current systems. You will also gain an understanding of how an assessment can lead to improved financial and operational effectiveness. We will review a practice assessment framework – identifying key areas for measuring financial and operational effectiveness.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
9/10/2019 1:00 PM
It’s so easy to share information on social media … maybe too easy. But what are you sharing? What should you be sharing? During this session, we’ll discuss how to effectively share information on social media and, most importantly, how to share information in a manner that is safe and HIPAA compliant. You’ll leave this session equipped with sample policies and resources that you can implement within your RHC immediately.
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
9/10/2019 2:30 PM
Many RHCs are looking for ways to expand the breadth and depth of services provided to the communities they serve. Identifying new services, evaluating options and integrating selected services can be a daunting task. In this session, we will share strategies to identify services that may be needed in the community, as well as how to evaluate, introduce and/or expand new services that meet these needs.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
9/10/2019 3:30 PM
We will discuss recent, as well as proposed, changes to the state plan  amendment affecting RHCs in California. We will also spend time on all of the recent DHCS’s adjustments to rate setting cost reports and scope of service rate change requests and strategies to file for a new PPS rate. In addition, we will highlight some of the recent Medi-Cal judgments in the state that could affect every RHC who is planning to file for a new PPS rate.
Time
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
9/10/2019 4:30 PM
Opening Session – General Session: The Art of Building Community Stakeholder Groups                                Michelle will provide an insightful breakdown of the differences between unrequited outreach and mutual engagement. Through this session, you will explore an honest, holistic and practical approach to tackling the subjects of outmigration and aversion. Michelle will also introduce proven strategies that hospitals use to turn their Community Health Needs Assessments into winning initiatives and concrete population health activism.
Time
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
9/11/2019 8:45 AM
This case study focuses on a critical access hospital that is also a public entity and will address the unique challenges related to rural hospitals such as Medicare reimbursement, rural health clinics, recruitment of providers, and community relations and the affordability of making investments needed to prepare for population-based care and a health care system oriented to outpatient services and wellness.
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
9/11/2019 10:30 AM
The Medicare cost report requires great effort to gather information as well as prepare and review the report for accuracy, and there are many pitfalls in this process that can greatly impact the financial performance of a hospital. While we may not be medically trained doctors, or hold Ph.D.s in Medicare reimbursement, we can give you tips and tricks for diagnosing problems in your cost report. During this two-part session, we will teach you what areas to focus on in gathering data, as well as how to review the outcomes of your Medicare cost report. We will walk through key tools that can be used to “diagnose” or evaluate your cost report for potential opportunities.
Time
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
9/11/2019 1:00 PM
Though this is not to be used as a “how to” session, we will discuss actual fraudulent activities that have occurred in a variety of settings. The "postmortem" review will include identification of the factors that allowed the frauds to occur, how the frauds were initially identified and the good and bad ways in which organizations responded once the frauds were identified.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
9/11/2019 1:00 PM
Health care organizations are increasingly at risk of evolving security threats. This evolving threat landscape puts added importance on the safeguards health care providers maintain to securely acquire, use, store and disclose protected health information (PHI) while carrying out their patient care mission. It is clear from Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) data breach records that health care providers are struggling to keep up. Since 2017, 90% of breached PHI records were attributed to health care providers. In this session, we will review the threat landscape and results of recent OCR breach investigations and audits to better understand the threat landscape. We will review recent HHS publications further defining the threats and practical guidance for implementing safeguards to protect against them. You will come away from this session with a better understanding of evolving security threats and actionable recommendations for addressing them.
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
9/11/2019 2:30 PM
The Medicare cost report requires great effort to gather information as well as prepare and review the report for accuracy, and there are many pitfalls in this process that can greatly impact the financial performance of a hospital. While we may not be medically trained doctors, or hold Ph.D.s in Medicare reimbursement, we can give you tips and tricks for diagnosing problems in your cost report. During this two-part session, we will teach you what areas to focus on in gathering data, as well as how to review the outcomes of your Medicare cost report. We will walk through key tools that can be used to “diagnose” or evaluate your cost report for potential opportunities.
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
9/11/2019 4:00 PM
Strategic plans are most effective when they align the strengths and resources of an organization with the environment to develop a realistic set of initiatives to drive growth and improve performance. What is often overlooked is the capacity of the organization to embrace the change required to execute on these initiatives. This session will provide you with some of the key knowledge and tools to develop an actionable strategic planning process and better equip you to engage your team. and lead the change that will be critical to successfully implement a strategic plan.
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
9/11/2019 4:00 PM
Join your peers and conference speakers for a fun, relaxing networking event with heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
Time
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
9/11/2019 5:30 PM
Use this time to pick the brains of our experts on any of the topics discussed during this conference. Bring your questions, share ideas and collaborate with your peers. Rotate around the subject areas to address your issues. We will have staffed tables for: - Rural health clinic reimbursement/operational issues/cost reporting/billing - Hospital cost reporting - Strategic planning - Risk, security and fraud
Time
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9/12/2019 9:00 AM
This session will provide an overview of and update on important legal and compliance issues facing rural providers in CAH, RHC and other provider settings. Topics covered will include CAH Medicare regulatory and payment developments and strategies, provider-based updates, RHC requirements, compliance considerations and other relevant legal developments.
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
9/12/2019 10:30 AM

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